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Bank holiday rail strike called off

First Great Western expects to run its full advertised timetable. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The planned rail strike on bank holiday Monday has been cancelled after the TSSA and RMT unions received a new pay offer from Network Rail.

The industrial action has been called off pending the outcome of a meeting with Network Rail representatives next week.


Rail strike affecting bank holiday weekend

Rail workers have voted for industrial action. Credit: iona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There will be a rail strike during the bank holiday weekend - Network Rail employees in the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for industrial action, affecting services on bank holiday Monday (25 May), as well as Tuesday 26 May and the morning of Wednesday 27 May.

First Great Western say refunds are available for customers who have already bought tickets during the strike period, and those with tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday may also be use them on Sunday Wednesday.

They hope to operate the following services in our region:

  • Paddington – Plymouth, calling at Reading, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Tiverton, Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Ivybridge (select trains only) and Plymouth: Hourly
  • Exeter – Newton Abbot, stopping service: Hourly

The following services will not be running in our region from 00:01 Monday 25 May, and will be in delays on the Wednesday morning:

  • Beyond Plymouth to Penzance and on Devon and Cornwall branch line services
  • Between Reading and Taunton
  1. West Country (E)

First Great Western combats snoring on trains

Passengers say snoring on trains in annoying Credit: PA

Rail passengers are being given nasal strips to stop them snoring on trains.

Research for First Great Western has revealed it's top of the list for annoying things passengers do on trains with 60% saying it is a problem.

Only 20% of passengers say they feel comfortable waking up a person snoring near them. A further 27% state they are too worried themselves to sit back and properly relax for fear of dozing off and starting to snore.

21% of passengers admits to dribbling and 34% sleeping with their mouth wide open.

Staff are handing out the strips you put over noses aimed at reducing the noise.

This week is national Stop Snoring Week with health officials saying it affects fifteen million people in the UK. They say for many sprays and strips can be a major help.

The average snore reaches a volume of around 50 decibels, but one of the loudest snorers recorded in the UK was 111.6 decibels.

"We care about our passengers and the journeys they take with us so it was interesting to learn that having a snooze on board was actually a cause of embarrassment and stress for some."

– Jamie Anderson, FGW Campaigns


Totnes campaigners celebrate one-way traffic victory

Campaigners claimed the one-way system was killing trade Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Campaigners in Totnes are celebrating victory in their battle over a controversial one way scheme. The judge at the High Court in Exeter ordered the system to be reversed after being told it was killing trade in the town.

Devon County Council will have to switch the traffic back to its original direction, unless the Court of Appeal approves a stay of judgment in the next few days.

Easter travel disruption latest: 'Plans in place' to get you home

Train services have been disrupted over the long weekend due to engineering works. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rail companies say they've prepared contingency plans to make sure passengers get home if weekend engineering works overrun.

Services across the west country have been disrupted over Easter because of work taking place further up the line at Reading. Network Rail has promised to prevent a repeat of the chaos that happened over Christmas.

It's a real consideration, and we've been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that there are contingency plans in place should that happen. We'll be letting people know as soon as we know if there's a problem, but at the moment everything is running to time.

– Dan Panes, First Great Western
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